HDFS 477 - Professional Skills Development II

  • 1 credit

Applications and integration of human development and family background within professional settings.

This course provides students with an opportunity to expand upon the skills developed during the field placement. In order to accomplish this, students will participate in a variety of activities and assignments that will examine the field placement experience and how it relates to life as a professional. At the completion of this course, students will possess an understanding of resources available within the community to assist them in continued career development. A final goal in this class is to provide a safe, structured environment where students can process their experiences. An internship site is an excellent place to take chances, create new projects, make mistakes, and receive both positive feedback and corrective criticism from others.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Display content knowledge and understanding of theory, research, and practice relevant to optimizing the development, health and well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan in the context of the larger social environment.
  • Evaluate and interpret relevant information related to individuals and families from a variety of sources.
  • Exhibit effective written and oral communication skills appropriate to the field of human development and family studies, including use of technology for presentations.
  • Compare and contrast multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in HDFS.
  • Develop and implement effective collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting skills.
  • Justify appropriate actions and behaviors in the context of professional ethics, conduct, and presentation including social media, email, and other arenas of presentation.

IMPORTANT: This is the companion course for a field placement experience students participate in through their HDFS 488 section. This course is closely aligned with your career plan, and students will work closely with the internship coordinator to ensure appropriate placement. Permission therefore is required to enroll in this class. Once students have worked with their advisor to determine the best semester to take their internship, they must become familiar with the placement process. Begin by reviewing the process guidelines and instructions online at http://www.hdfs.chhs.colostate.edu/students/undergraduate/distance-field-placement.asp. and complete the HDFS Distance Internship Placement Application. Students who have submitted the application before the due date for their desired semester will be contacted soon after the due date with further information and instructions about the placement process.

Students must follow all instructions and deadlines to be accepted into the Internship Program. If you have additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Jen Krafchick, CFLE, Assistant Professor
HDFS Internship Coordinator
(970) 491-2171

Textbook Requirements – sec. 801

(1) “The Successful Internship” by Sweitzer, H. Frederick & King, Mary A., 4th edition (2013) – REQUIRED
(2) “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association” by American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2010) – OPTIONAL
(3) A notebook for journaling (student choice of format) – REQUIRED

Textbook Requirements – sec. 802

“Professionalism: Skills for Workplace Success” by Anderson, Lydia E. & Bolt, Sandra B., 4th edition (2016) - REQUIRED

This course can be applied towards:


HDFS 277 (Professional Skills Development I). Completion of 90 credits. Human Development and Family Studies majors only.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment. Students must have completed 90 credits by the time they begin their internship.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.This distance internship process is detailed online at http://www.hdfs.chhs.colostate.edu/students/undergraduate/distance-field-placement.aspx.

See important textbook note at bottom of course description.


Dr. Jennifer Krafchick
Dr. Jennifer Krafchick

(970) 491-2171 | jen.krafchick@colostate.edu

Dr. Jen Krafchick is a senior teaching assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Honors Program. She is a passionate educator and was recognized with the 2010 Honors Professor the the Year award and the 2011 Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association. In addition to teaching, she is the director of the Campus Connections mentoring program that works with at-risk youth and the assistant director of the Center for Couple and Family Therapy, both in HDFS at CSU.

Dr. Krafchick earned her Ph.D. in education and human resource studies with an emphasis in social justice education, her master's in human development and family studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy, and a graduate certificate in women's studies from CSU. She is a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She teaches and conducts research on issues related to mentoring, sexuality, gender, families, and diversity. She has extensive experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence and in private practice with individuals, couples, and families. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Krafchick served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching junior high school students in the South Pacific.